I’m on @RemainiacsCast here with @rosamundmtaylor @IanDunt @Dorianlynskey (just after @Andrew_Adonis) arguing that remainers need to be clear on what *they* understand democracy to be and their obligation to give people the governance that they want. https://t.co/Cdmgb5YwPx
— Paul Evans (@Paul0Evans1) January 12, 2018
My latest, in The Independent today.
1) leaving the EU could work
2) deciding to do so with a referendum guarantees it won’t & will also be damaging
3) using a 2nd referendum to exit #Brexit would make a v bad situation even worse
4) Exit-Brexit is a job for parliament alonehttps://t.co/c4mgZacdsf
— Paul Evans (@Paul0Evans1) December 18, 2017
Now that my book has definitely been completed, this is probably the last time that these books will be in one place, so I thought I’d get a pic for posterity.
It’s not the definitive pile and others have already been scattered around the house, but it’s a representative cross-section.
Its been a very satisfying, if occasionally lonely and patience-straining process.
Using these titles is not necessarily an endorsement of their contents -particularly the Arriaga book…
Yesterday, in what was a big milestone for me, I handed in the final copy of the text of my book, which is provisionally titled ‘Save Democracy – Abolish Voting’.
It will be published at some point over the next month or so (date tbc) by The Democratic Society. It’s their first publication in a series entitled “Ideas of Democracy”, and I hope, the first of many.
In advance of the launch (you will be able to buy it in print or as an e-book), I’ll be posting a few samples here, but in the meantime, here’s the draft blurb from the back cover to give you a flavour of what to expect:
This is a short post that is intended to introduce a theme. I won’t develop it too much here (though I’ve filled it with links to posts that I, and others, have written that flesh out specific parts of the argument). I will be publishing something a lot more substantial on this shortly.
We are going through a period of political polarisation at the moment. The organised left may think that this is a good thing, but I have argued previously that this is a game that we are always going to lose at.
I’ve just published this:
“There is a direct link between [the failure of representative democracy] and the degree to which plebiscitary democracy is seen as being an acceptable option. The popularity of referendums is a symptom more than it is the cause of our current problems.”
— (((Paul Evans))) (@Paul0Evans1) December 14, 2016